Thirza Jean Cuthand
Canada – 2018
Video – duration 13 min
Imagine you are in Canada in a not-so-distant future. Climate change, wars, pollution, and the after-effects of the large-scale colonial project have destroyed the land. The privileged white settlers have left for Mars. This is the set for Reclamation: a documentary-style, post-dystopic film with a hopeful twist: when the indigenous people are left behind, they try to restore and rehabilitate their beautiful planet.
“Reclamation” is a documentary-style imagining of a post-dystopic future in Canada after massive climate change, wars, pollution, and the after effects of the large scale colonial project which has now destroyed the land. When Indigenous people are left behind after a massive exodus by primarily privileged white settlers who have moved to Mars, the original inhabitants of this land cope by trying to restore and rehabilitate the beautiful planet they belong to.
Thirza Jean Cuthand― Artist
Thirza Jean Cuthand (b. 1978 Regina SK) makes short experimental videos and films about sexuality, madness, Queer identity, love, and Indigeneity, which have screened in festivals and galleries internationally. She completed her BFA majoring in Film/Video at Emily Carr University of Art and Design in 2005, and her MA in Media Production at Ryerson University in 2015. She has performed at Live At The End Of The Century in Vancouver, Performatorium in Regina, and 7a*11d in Toronto. She is a Whitney Biennial 2019 artist. She is Plains Cree/Scots, a member of Little Pine First Nation, and resides in Toronto, Canada.